It is just over a week before NaNoWriMo starts I am working on notes. . . I am working on memoir. . . I know I am rebelling because they prefer fictional pieces. However I know I am going on with a new chapter in my life, and I am using NaNoWriMo as therapy this year. A memoir is a collection of events or memories. . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memoir
I need closure on a lot of elements on my life. I am not sure if I will publish this piece or not, but if I find something interesting, I plan to post it. I also plan to do crafts and such, so I am will try my best to get 1667 to 2000 words a day.
I want to be read to move on by January 1st, 2016.
I had around 50 beta readers. Some would say that it was too many readers, but by September 1st, I had only gotten about 10 messages back with feedback. I had also gotten a few extra messages from those who knew the 1st was coming, but that they hadn’t finished and needed more time. I was fine with that. I wasn’t online on the first as I had monthly errands to do, so I had given my readers an extra week.
I knew when I decided to have readers that at least 1/4th would lose interest, 1/4th would have something happen in their lives, and at least 1/4th would need extra time. I believe that at least 10% would just forget.
I was pretty surprised that 40% answered back on the 1st or before.
I have gotten some pretty good, useable feedback. There have been many suggestions that I am already trying to add and/or change to my novel now.
I am very grateful that so many read the novel and gave their feedback.
Things I have learned from beta readers. . .
You need to have flexibility. You never know when life is going to give you and /or your beta readers challenges / obstacles. This can push them away from the novel. If you have a deadline then you simply need to cut those who have not given you feedback.
(Parentheses) are frown upon. I had some parentheses on a few of my lines. I had questions while editing the second times, and I forgot to go back. They distract the readers. I know I use them on my blogs. . . do they distract anyone reading my blogs? Please let me know.
Do not get offended by the feedback. Every one has their own opinion or angle. I read all feedback. I may not agree with it, but sometimes I someone needs to tell me when something doesn’t make sense in my work.
It’s not over—not by a long shot. I still need to edit. It never stops. Writing is art, and I believe that true art is never done.
It’s a little over half way through my beta readers to finish their copies of the first book of my vampire Crimson Shadow Collection Melzela. (September 1, 2013).
I first sent it on June 20th and I have been sending a few here and there. However I have decided that that I am cutting off beta readers as of Sunday (August 4, 2013) at 4pm (EST). (This means that I after the fourth I am not accepting anymore readers, so if you are interested in a vampire novel, please message me by Sunday at 4. RebekahWolveire@yahoo.com. . . use subject beta reader.)
I want to thank those who have read my book. I also want give my appreciation in advance to those who will read my book and send their feedback.
I just want to point out that I was seeking feedback on story flow, characters, and whether the story was interesting or boring. I wanted to know if it was written to straight or did it have enough twists and turns. (I wasn’t really asking for grammar mistakes, but if the beta readers saw something, they were allowed to point it out.)
Some things I have learned. . .
Do not take the feedback personally. (Not everyone is going to enjoy your work. I think of a book like a cookie recipe. . . some people like chocolate chips, some like peanut butter, and your cookie maybe an iced sugar cookie.)
I am just happy when I know that another person read my book. I understand that they may not like a certain part of the book. I understand they many people have different tastes than I do. I am just happy that they turned page after page and read my book.
Appreciate any feedback you even if it was something as simple as “I liked the story.” They took the time to read your story.
I really do appreciate those who take their time and really give me feedback. (I especially love when they use page numbers and examples. However not all beta readers will do that and it’s okay.)
I just want the beta readers to know I do take all feedback into consideration. However I may not use all of the feedback. I may not change the character or a twist in the plot.
When I had posted requests for beta readers, I that gotten a lot of different reactions: some were unsure as they were never a beta reader before, and other thought it was unfair of me to ask others to promise feedback. However as I read more about beta readers, I learned that they read and gave feedback. (I do not feel I am better, than any other writer, I just want to make book the best I can. I want everyone to enjoy reading as much as I enjoyed writing it.)
I am not asking for a professional review. I just want some people to read my story and to honestly tell me what they think. These are their own thoughts and they cannot be wrong or lose anything. At least if someone tells me what they think, they can at least know that their ideas will be highly considered in my third large edit.
I learned a lot from my first book: I advertised, gave my book out for free, and I barely got feedback. However if I noticed other writers using beta readers, and they were pretty happy with the response. I am hoping for the same.
Why I want beta readers?
I am very passion about horror writing: especially vampires, ghosts, and urban legends. I really hope to get my vampire series mainstream published. This is just book one. I have the other seven books outlined.
I’m seeking beta readers because I want to know to if my characters are believable, likable and if the story is interesting enough. I really would like to know your thoughts.
Do you like vampires? Do you want a new book to read over the summer? Do you want your opinion to considered?
I am still seeking more beta readers for my book called Melzela. It is book one of my vampire series Crimson Shadow Collection.
Quote: There are four point six billion people living in the world today in the year of two thousand eight after the death of Christ. There are possibly hundreds perhaps even thousands of vampires dotting the landscape of the human world. This is the story of about seventy five or so of them. These are the stories of my sire Melzela and, her prodigy
Here is a book Blurb:
Her mother told her epic stories, Melzela never thought she would be one! She never thought she would travel, or be a spy. All she knew was she would do anything to find true love. She left her family seeking the love and passion she had heard in her mother’s stories.
She ran into friends who would change her life. She showed them how to be street smart, and they demonstrated a love that she had never known. In her quest for love, she was transformed: she was made to stay in the shadows and travel by the moon. She had to take life to keep living. She wasn’t going to allow the obstacles to stray her from her journey.
This was only the beginning of Melzela’s story. This was her personal piece.
If you are interested please message on my facebook page http://www.facebook.com/RebekahWolveire or e-mail me RebekahWolveire@yahoo.com (use subject: Beta Reader)